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It’s a film about Tom, who struggles with health problems and depression. As Tom keeps flirting with the camera and challenging his authority as the filmmaker, WU finds the film out of his control and the filming becomes a journey with no definite end. Now, 20 years later, WU revisits Tom and makes another film titled Goodnight & Goodbye.
Father and son who are unable to communicate with each other, and yet they're the only companion to each other. The son is physically a 30-year-old man but mentally a 13-year-old kid. The father is 50 years old, and he has to play various roles to hold up the family. What exactly is the nature of their relationship under such circumstances? Call it paternal love? What else is mixed in it?
A series of emails that the filmmaker wrote to her late mentor, the renowned American documentary filmmaker Robert KRAMER (1939- 1999), are woven throughout the plot of a story as the boundaries of life, distance, language, identity and nationality are re-examined from the perspective of Elodie, her daughter.
Is Taiwan more than a pet to be cajoled and patted by the USA? Ah- bien regularly goes for a walk on the streets with Mr. KO. But A-bien is a stray dog, not the President of ROC. Everyday, Mr. KO takes Ah- bien to the streets to protest. He believes in his ideas - a kind of Don Quixote transplanted to the Far East. The world on TV and the world we live in. Which one is more real?
A disturbing close portrait of a young man who, like all other men in Taiwan, must enlist in the army. Dreaming of saving enough money to enter an Australian art college after having been discharged, he is gradually crushed by the corruption, the verbal violence, and the hypocrisy that festers in the military hierarchy.
A self-destructive and anxious 30-year-old man and his 26-year-old friend with a camera. It's a personal film about their relationship in the last years of a life - battling the HIV virus. The flamboyant man flirts with the camera while the filmmaker is tormented, forcing himself to go on filming. Their sincerity when facing the undefeatable facts is moving.
Taiwan Spectrum: When Camera Comes in Between
This category is a retrospective of Taiwanese documentary aimed to look back at its history. Based on the theme, "When Camera Comes in Between", five Taiwanese classics are selected. We exam the changes in shooting when the camera appeared; if we regard "the changes brought upon by the appearance of the camera" as one of the elements in the creative process, when facing different protagonists and subject matters, how would the filmmakers respond to it?